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Barry Light's 60in60at60 Marathon Challenge — Barry Light's Challenge – to run 60 marathons in 60 weeks at the age of 60

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Hello – and thanks for dropping by…

Welcome to my WebBlog and I hope you find it interesting and helpful especially, if like me, you’re into running and running marathons in particular. I’m writing this website/blog for a number of reasons. 1, I’m setting myself a personal challenge for 2012-2013 and thought it would be a good idea to promote what I’m calling my 60in60at60 Challenge, yes that’s an attempt to run 60 marathons in 60 weeks at 60 years old (or young, depending on your point of view). As well as the running I have a long term goal of raising over £60k for My 6 Charities. 2nd, By coincidence London is holding the 2012 Summer Olympics (the XXX Olympiad) and I thought it would be a fantastic year to attempt a challenge like this – I’m delighted to say that I have been chosen as one of the torchbearers – read more Here. 3rd, for fellow runners who like me enjoy reading about runners and their running exploits, especially anything to do with marathons. Finally to log my efforts for posterity (maybe for my Grandsons Henry and Thomas and Granddaughter Elsie, when they are old enough to read) or anyone else for that matter who may be interested.

Although I’m always very cautious of calling myself a Marathon Runner after all how many marathons do you have to do before you can really use that term – 1, 50, or 100? having now completed 73 officially recognised marathons and hoping to complete 100 in the next few years, I think I can. I’m also fully aware that with a PB of 3.28.49 (London 2008) their are plenty of men and women of my age and even older much faster than me, still you know what they say it’s the taking part that counts and crossing that finish line – as Ron Hill, UK running legend (one of my running heroes) said “Get up and walk if you have to, but finish the damned race”.

So here goes – If you’re interested you can read more about me on the About Me page, but just to kick of my WebBlog here’s a idea of who I am, where I’m from and what I love doing: My name is Barry Light, I live in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK and belong to the Littledown Harriers running club. After my family, (I have to add that to keep the wife happy, but it’s true!!!) my other passion in life is running and in particular (you guessed it) running marathons – I love the challenge, the commitment and the achievement of completing this iconic distance. Although I ran a few back in the 1980s and 1990s, I really think that my marathon journey started on the 28th April 2008 when I completed my first London marathon in a time of 3.28.49. That day changed my life forever and I soon decided that I wanted to set myself a goal of running at least 100 marathons in my lifetime, and become a member of the 100 Marathon club. I still have lots of marathons to do hence one of the reason why I have set myself my 60in60at60 Challenge, in 2012-13 before I get too old.

Flora London Marathon 2008 (just before the downpour) - still my PB 3.28.49. Read all about it Here

Marathon No.1 of my 60 and my Big 60 Birthday on 22.12.2011. photo © WaterAid - Anna Morgan Photography

I’ve now turned 60 and what a fantastic day my Birthday was (a big thanks to everyone involved) you can read more about it Here.

My 60th and final marathon in my challenge will take place at The Littledown Centre on Sunday the 17th February starting at 10.oo am. All are welcome to join in.

Thanks for dropping in and Happy Running, Barry Light

P.S if you would like to read my original Home page click Here.

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1 Sage Saffron August 28, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Brilliant idea and will no doubt encourage our Over50′s that life has a lot to go for whatever your age.

We are following your blog and sharing your news with our members and friends at Sage Saffron

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2 Ade February 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM

To a truly inspirational hero, WELL DONE, its probably been the longest and shortest 60 weeks of your life! I’m full of admiration. many congratulations and enjoy your retirement!

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3 Barry Light February 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Cheers Ade and thanks for all your faith in me and support – blogs coming soon. What’s all this retirement? I’ll be back – I’ve got a marathon PB to run!

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4 Mike Terry February 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

You’ve made it Barry! Absolutely brilliant! Today’s Bournemouth Daily Echo (page 3) says you have raised £6,000 so far, well I hope the amount increases dramatically now in recognition of your wonderful achievement.

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5 Barry Light February 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Thanks Mike and great to see you on Sunday.

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6 Mike Terry February 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Amazing, awesome… well done Barry. Sunday’s Littledown 60th marathon should be quite an event and fun day!!

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7 Barry Light February 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Thanks Mike – yes should be a great day hope you can run with me at some stage.

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8 Gabi Barrett October 8, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Hi Barry

It was great to see you at the Clarendon Marathon yesterday.

You’re doing amazing stuff!

Regards

Gabi

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9 Barry Light October 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Hi Gabi – Great to meet you too and thanks for taking the pic, which will be on my blog once it’s posted hopefully by the end of the week. Well done on your 4:58

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10 Joy Edkins July 17, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Hello Barry,
It was great to meet you on the shuttle bus as a fellow torch bearer. Well done for all you’re doing for charities and ‘Keep on Running’ as the song goes!

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11 Barry Light July 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Hi Joy – It was great to meet you too and the other Torchbearers and what a fabulous time we all had. Thank you very much for your donation, It’s really appreciated and will help to motivate me to complete ‘My Challenge’ and achieve my goal of raising £60K for My 6 Charities.

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12 David Davidson June 27, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Hi Barry. It was a pleasure to meet both Peter and yourself at the Tarbes Marathon last Sunday. Congratulations on completing another Marathon. You did extremely well given the temperatures of 32°C which made it tough going for all the entrants. I have it on good authority that you looked as fresh as a daisy at the finish. Kind regards David

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13 Barry Light July 2, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Hi David – It was great to meet you and the other organisers too and thanks for your kind words. The truth is that with my injured foot and the heat I really struggled and was sorry I kept everyone waiting for so long. It was great of the organisers to get me up on the stage and give me with that special award – can you thank them for me, I’m looking at it as I type – more dusting for the wife! Although I was disappointed with my performance, it was a fab marathon and Patsi and I really enjoyed our week in France (only arrived home late on Friday night). I’m finally writing my blog so check back in a day or two and it should be posted then.

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14 Mike Terry June 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

A brief note to say that I really enjoyed the video (well done to Paolo), what an excellent event, well done to all. I am lost for words about what you are achieving Barry and the incredible support it has generated.

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15 Barry Light June 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Cheers Mike – Glad you enjoyed the video and thank you for your support!

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16 David Davidson June 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Re: Tarbes Marathon.
Dear Barry, the organisers of the Tarbes Marathon have asked me to write to you to say how honoured they are that you have chosen their Marathon as part of your quest to run 60 Marathons in 60 weeks. We look forward to welcoming you to Tarbes this weekend and wish you every success.
Kind regards
David
On behalf of the Tarbes Marathon Organisers

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17 Barry Light June 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Hi David – Thank you for your message and your kind comments. Please thank the organisers for me and tell them that I’m looking forward to running the marathon very much and also spending some time in the beautiful Hautes-Pyrénées department of South West France. I will be running the marathon with one of my club-mates, Peter Spieler and staying in his house which is near Tournay, you may already know that I have a page on my web-site dedicated to Le Marathon de Tarbes and The Barns dans les Pyrénées at http://is.gd/6UagwE

I look forward to maybe meeting you and or the organisers. Best wishes.

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18 David Davidson June 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Hi Barry
Thank you for your kind response and message which I have passed on. I will be on the reception Saturday afternoon and Sunday and so look forward to meeting both you and Peter when you come along to register.
Kind regards and best wishes
David

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19 Barry Light June 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Hi David – I think the plan is to come in on Saturday, so should catch you then.

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20 Jackie May 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Hi Barry
It was great to meet you yesterday at the North Dorset Marathon (mile 19 ish-you gave me a band)I was starting to feel tired and after hearing about your amazing challenge I felt much better!!!Wishing you all the best of luck with your fundraising and all the marathons ahead and well done for the ones in the bag!!Will sponsor you on your page.Jackie

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21 Barry Light May 7, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Hi Jackie – great to meet you too (although very briefly) I wish I could have stayed with you longer and run a sub 4 like you – well done! Thanks for your kind words and your donation which is very much appreciated, hope to see you again at another marathon sometime.

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22 Darron Crookes April 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Hi Barry, it was good to speak to you breifly yesterday on the exit from the marathon, you gave me your band and hence I looked it up. Its fantastic what you are doing and I have to take my hat off to you, I’m not sure I could contemplate 60 mara’s never mind commit to them, good on ya. If you are ever ‘up north’ Yorkshire way I’d love to run with you, I’ll keep an eye on your schedule.
Best of Luck with the next 40, I hope everything goes to plan and that you hit your fundraising target.
All the best…

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23 Barry Light April 25, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Hi Darron – thanks for your kind words and it was great to talk to you on Sunday, all you guys and girls make the VLM the best marathon in the world. Yes keep an eye on my schedule and if you see that I’m going to be in your neck of the woods let me know and we can meet up.

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24 felice russo March 20, 2012 at 9:02 PM

ciao Barry come stai? io sto abbastanza bene spero che tu ti ricordi di me sono l’amico italiano che hai incontrato nella stazione di Roma speravo di incontrarti durante la maratona ma dai risultati che ho visto non poteva essere diversamente io ho chiuso la maratona a 5.18.00 del resto sono piu grande di te di sette anni penso che tu ne abbia 60.Comunque la mia carriera di maratoneta è iniziata circa 30 mesi fa ed ho dopo la maratona di Roma all’attivo 55 maratone.Ho visto che domenica prossima vai a Barcellona se ci fossimo conosciuti prima sarei venuto anche io ,La prossima mia maratona estera sarà San Pietroburgo con estensione a Mosca.Se mi risponderai sulla mia E-mail sarò lieto di annoverarti tra i miei amici e con ogni probabilità potremmo organizzarci per il prossimo anno per la maratona di Londra che non ho ancora fatto:Ti abbraccio caramente il tuo amico italiano Felice

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25 Barry Light March 22, 2012 at 9:09 PM

ciao Felice come stai? – of course I remember you, without you and your friends I would still be looking for the L’EXPO DELLA MARATONA DI ROMA. You did very well to finish in 5.18 at the age of 67, after all that walking around we did the night before. Good luck in St Petersburg I will look up the results. I have completed my blog about Rome – look for it on the My Blog page. Unfortunately I lost the disc that had the photo I had taken of all of us, I’m going to email the organises of the Rome Marathon to see if someone handed it in – you never know I may be lucky. I am leaving for Barcelona in the morning (Friday) and will send a email to you when I return. Best wishes and keep on Running.

Below is the translation of Felice’s comments – I would like to say I translated it, but to be honest one of my Littledown Harriers club-mates Kathy Fooks did it for me, thanks Kathy.

Hi Barry, how are you? I am very well and hope that you remember me, I am the Italian friend you met at the station in Rome. I was hoping to meet you during the marathon but the results that I’ve seen couldn’t be more different, I finished in 5.18. I am older than you by 7 years, I don’t think that you’re really 60. Anyway my career as a marathon runner started around 30 months ago and after Rome marathon I have done 55 marathons. I saw that you are going to Barcelona next Sunday, if we had known each other sooner I would have gone as well. My next marathon will be St Petersburg with a stay in Moscow. If you reply to my email I will be happy to introduce you to my friends, it is likely that we could arrange to do London marathon next year, I have not yet done this one. I embrace you dearly, your Italian friend Felice

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26 Emily Brailsford March 20, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Hi Barry,

Saw you at the beginning of Rome and you gave me a band, I have read what your doing and your an amazing guy , inspirational !! , hope you did ok in Rome , I personally found it a very hard course compared to some of the other ones! Came in at 4.05 not sub 3.45 :0( . Good luck with Barcelona and the others you are doing and I will sponsor you now .

All the best wishes
Emily Brailsford

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27 Barry Light March 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Hi Emily – it was great to meet you in Rome and have a chat, before you pushed on. I kept with the pink balloons (4.00 hour pacemakers) up to about 20 miles then when I hit that last section of cobbles I started to crumble, like a lot of runners who were getting cramp. I ended up with 4.11 a bit disappointed but you’re right it was a hard course so we did ok, especially you 4.05 was a very good time – well done. Hope to meet up with you again at another marathon some time.

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28 penelope watt March 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Hi Barry,
Have just been reading your W.S. and all the interesting comments….I now know what a blog is,( being a little late in the ITfield)
All I can say is GREAT STUFF Barry. You show them what it is all about in Rome. Love Lady P.

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29 Barry Light March 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Thanks Lady P – you know what they say, it’s never too late! I’ll do my best in Rome make sure you check back next week to read all about it. Love Barry xxx

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30 Liz Kavanagh March 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Hi Barry,
Just read your article in running fitness magazine, so there is someone out there crazier than me. This year I am doing
12 in 12 in 12. 12 marathons in 12 months in 2012.
January I went to Gran Canaria and came last, place 472 time 5.47. I didn’t mind I was just glad to finish. I couldn’t find one in Feb so I completed the full 26.2 miles on a treadmill in my local gym. I had great support from friends and family.
So next Saturday I am heading to Rome maybe I’ll see you there and if not maybe I’ll see you in London. The others that I doing are Belfast, Edinburgh Moonwalk, Kennedy Kane McArthur Cententery marathon, Longford, Berlin, Dublin, New York and finish in my home town Kilkenny on 12/12/12.
Hope to meet up with you along the way
Liz

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31 Barry Light March 14, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Hi Liz,

Great to hear from you Liz – yes crazy must be the word, but like you I just love running marathons. I did Belfast and Dublin in 2008 and would love to do Berlin and New York but these are not on my schedule at the moment. As you know all this marathon lark doesn’t come cheap – I’m looking for a corporate sponsor/supporter (no luck at the moment) so I can’t be as adventures as you – I’m pushing the boat out as it is with Rome & Barcelona. Good luck in your challenge and yes, I hope to catchup with you sometime.

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32 Liz Kavanagh March 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Hi Barry
So you’ve completed marathon 15 and 16, congratulation. Barcelona seemed to have been a great one. I found Rome really tough but very enjoyable,it was fabulous going past all the famous sights. I had a bit of a mishap at about 3km I fell and cut my lip, I was a bit shaken but continued anyway. I was hoping for a time of 5hrs 30mins but it took me 6hrs 17mins.
Our next mutual one is London you’d never know we might meet up.
Best of luck
Liz

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33 Barry Light March 29, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Hi Liz – Yes Barcelona is a FAB Marathon and a Great City. I agree Rome was tough, and you did great to finish after falling at only 3k – well done, you must be one tough bird. It would be great to meet up in London are you on facebook or twitter?

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34 Clare February 25, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Hi Barry,

Just thought i would leave you a little good luck message for tomorrow and looking forward to seeing you run tomorrow.

See you bright and early :)

Clare

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35 Barry Light March 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Hi Clare – Great to see you last Sunday and thanks for all your support.

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36 Jane February 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Hiya Barry,

I’m just about to phone you but took a look at your website first and see youve been running again today – I want to interview you for my website very soon. Your going really well – brilliant! Love Jane x

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37 Barry Light February 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Hi Jane – Yes running the 4th day of the Enigma Quadzilla my first 4×4. you can interview me anytime you like and I’m looking forward to it. xxx

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38 Winnie January 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Geezer! 6 in 31 days thats amazing well done. i will speak with Steve aka Shuckie tonight and see if we can get a blow up version of the OX made up to sheil you from the wind!! may smell better too! you look after those scotch eggs see you on the 8th April mate.

Cheers

“THE OX”

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39 Barry Light January 24, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Cheers OX – A blow up version of the OX!!! that will make my wife jealousy – no it just won’t be the same, you’ll just have to start running more marathons. I’ll be at the club tonight picking up my old coggers award, so see you then.

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40 Glenn Batt January 3, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Hi Barry, I learned of your fantastic challenge when logging onto the Harriers website. I’ve been meaning to join for several years and intend to head down to the centre this evening. ( picked a good day for the first time ! ) Good luck with your 60 in 60 I will be following your progress on the blog and look forward to being in a run with you in the near future.

Best wishes

Glenn

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41 Barry Light January 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Thanks for your good wishes Glenn – I won’t be at the club this evening as I’m resting after my Liverpool adventure, but I’m sure I’ll catch you sometime soon.

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42 Stuart Smith December 28, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Hi Barry, I’m a Newbie down at the Littledown Harriers, I joined sept, october ish and I was gobsmacked to read about your challenge, I didn’t think that kind of thing was possible. I take my hat off to you Barry and wish you all best on your journey. To help you along a little I’m running in the Broadstone 1/4 on tue and I’ll match my time in money for your charities, pounds for min, pence for seconds. All the best Barry, hopefully see you on a few training nights. Stuart (right, where’s Wayne, I can feel a number swap coming on..!)

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43 Barry Light December 29, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Hi Stuart – you’ve joined a great club and I look forward to meeting you soon. That’s very good of you to offer that donation – hope you’re a slow runner (no only joking run like the wind) But don’t leave it until Tuesday otherwise you’ll be the only one running – the race is on Bank Holiday Monday. Happy New Year!

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44 Bryan Hudson December 23, 2011 at 8:06 PM

At 56, I’m over weight and going for scans on my heart… which hopefully will give me a clean bill of health… what you are doing puts me to shame… and if I could run 1m with you it would be an honour… if I turn out to be well I’m gunna join a running club and run for my life.. because of you’re inspiration…. Thank you Barry..

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45 Barry Light December 23, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Bryan – 6 years ago I was overweight (still carrying a bit too much even now) and I was drinking more than was good for me. I felt I was on a very slippery slope and running turned my life around – I know I’ve been lucky and so far, no serious illnesses or injuries. I’m not going to be patronising and say to you or anyone else that just because I can run marathons you can, but what I will say is that I hope you do get that clean bill of health, join a club and when you’re up for it contact me and well do that mile together – the honour will be all mine. Good Luck!

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46 Clare Franckeiss December 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Hi Barry,

Been meaning to get on here earlier and leave you a little message. 60 in 60 at 60 wow you don’t look a day over 59 :)

wishing you good luck every step of the way.

The day you get my big brother off that sofa into a pair of running shoes I will run a marathon with you.

Good luck again Barry and see you soon

Clare x

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47 Barry Light December 23, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Clare – thanks for your kind words. Yes I’m working on Trev have already given him a pair of my old running shoes, so you never know – you may have to pick one of my marathons to run with me, so best to start training now!

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48 Richard Shipway December 21, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Hi Barry,

The very best of luck for the start of your challenge!

Cheers

Richard

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49 Barry Light December 23, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Hi Richard and thanks for your comments, unlike some of your achievements – winner of the Perth Marathon in Western Australia and running the 56 miles Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa in 6.56. I’m going for quantity and just doing my best to finish each marathon. Your team at BU are really looking after me so a big thanks for all your support.

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50 Gary Worsley December 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM

I’ll hopefully be joining you with Harry in the buggy and Ben on his scooter for the start and then rejoin you later for the last mile and half!

Good luck and hope the weather holds!

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51 Barry Light December 19, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Gary – that would be awesome, I’m planning the same type of thing with my two Grandsons – Henry & Thomas, don’t worry the weather is gonna be great.

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52 Dianne December 14, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Barry – heard the news last night – you will be a “torch bearer” for the 2012 Olympics – Congratulations !! We are all so very proud of you and this life-time achievement !

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53 Barry Light December 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Thanks Dianne – that’s very kind of you, hope that you may be able to get over and join in the celabrations with all the family – it’s on Friday the 13th so anything could happen (just hope I don’t drop it) not that I’m superstitious of course.

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54 Mike Terry December 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Hi Barry – I now realise what you were rather mysteriously referring to when we chatted pre-race one summer’s day and I said that your turning 60 would completely end any remaining chance I may have in the club >60 championship in 2012! I thought your reply that I “needn’t worry” was a rather odd thing to say as I never see you for dust at races! Now I know why -you have other plans!! And what plans they are – 60 in 60 at 60 is totally awesome!!! I shall be supporting you in spirit and financially, and spreading the word – you are getting masses of publicity which is great and quite rightly so. So I wish you every success and satisfaction from your incredible challenge!! Wow!!!!!!

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55 Barry Light December 4, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Hi Mike – thanks for your kind words of encouragement, it was the Sturminister half marathon where I made my cryptic comment. At that time I still wanted to keep my plans for next year top secret, just in case they weren’t going to happen. But so many people have become involved and are working with me, that I’m now totally committed – so the whole world can know!

Club championship events in 2012? – no I don’t think I’ll be able to fit any in. Anyway I think you’ve got a very good chance of beating me this year, you’ve run lots of the events and I’ve been very selective and have only the minimum of 7, so I think my cunning plan has possibly backfired. It’s going to be close and if you come out on top – well done you deserve it.

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56 Chairman Rog November 24, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Hi Barry, the clock is ticking, not long to go now! – Just to let you know that the Teignbridge Trotters would like to sponsor you to the tune of £5 for every marathon you complete during your epic challenge. On behalf of all of us from the club I’d like to wish you the very best of luck, we’re all rooting for you.

Chairman Rog

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57 Barry Light November 24, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Hi Chairman Rog – That’s fantastic news, no pressure then! Can you thank all the Trotters for me, it’s really appreciated and will spur me on to complete my challenge, I’m sure I’ll see lots of you out and about during 2012. Just a few weeks to go now until my Big 60 when it all kicks off and I’m starting to get really nervous, but still looking forward to a great day. Cheers and see you around.

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58 Southern Running Guide November 22, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Hi Barry,

Would be great to chat a little more about your challenge and get an article on our website. You can contact me on the email address provided.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Rory.

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59 Barry Light November 23, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Hi Rory – thanks for your comment and yes it would be great to get an article on your site – a lot of my marathons are going to be in the South, as there’s lots of great multi and off road events that I’ve already run (see my previous marathon page) and will be doing again next year. Will email you soon.

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60 Helryder November 20, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Hi Barry, I heard about your fantastic mission through some friends at Littledown Harriers. Well done!! I would be really happy to join you and any others on your first marathon on 22nd December if thats ok, hopefully the full distance. Great excuse then to eat lots of Xmas pud!!!

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61 Barry Light November 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Hi Helryder – yes that’s fine, the more the merrier – I need all the pacemakers I can get.

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62 Naomi Bennett November 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Go Barry! Will be there at the start – hopefully for the full distance – I’ll have to check with my legs for permission! Am hoping to get something going with Bourne Runners towards your target – will forward the e mail. Good Luck – I think its an amazing thing to do. Naomi

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63 Barry Light November 14, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Cheers Naomi – that’s great news, the support of Bourne Runners will be really appreciated and any that want to run with me will be welcome – the more the merrier.

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64 Alice White November 8, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Hi Barry

I ran the other day. It was pouring with rain and I had to get from my car into the pub. What is a girl to do? Walk and get frizzy hair or run? I made the 5 yards in a sprint and hair intact, I was worn out, so I will be thinking off you with admiration. Looking forward to seeing you on 22nd.
Good luck
Alice

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65 Barry Light November 8, 2011 at 6:21 PM

I know what it’s like Alice, I have the same problem with my hair. Always knew you were a sprinter, keep it up, 5 yards today maybe 5 miles on the 22nd! – looking forward to seeing you too.

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66 Amanda Shaw October 26, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Good Luck Barry!! What an amazing challenge, i Know you will do it though, as YOU are a champion!
I think you are the bionic man of the 21st century, I admire your passion and determination.
I do hope you get to carry that olympic torch for Bournemouth, you so deserve it!! God and what a party would be!! Patsi get your apron on!!! I am working on getting that day off to cheer you along on your 60th birthday.x.x.
I will definatley sponsor you Mr Bionic, once – pay day comes!

Good luck.

Amanda x (Mandi)

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67 Barry Light November 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Thanks for your confidence in me Amanda and I really hope you can get down for my Birthday celebrations. I hope to have a link on my site soon for donations, so keep checking back.

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68 Barry Telling October 9, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Hi Barry, just to let you know I’ve added some info and the link to your blog onto the club website. I was expecting to see your name on the Eden Project marathon this weekend but see you’re doing Abingdon next week …good luck for that. Great blog, great charities, great challange. I’m only pleased I didn’t think of this idea for my 50th!! I’ll follow your progress throughout the year and catch up on club nights, when you’re there…

Barry T

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69 Barry Light October 10, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Cheers Barry – yes I was tempted to do Eden again this year (I thought about them all running yesterday) but decided to save myself for Abingdon, as I’m told it’s a flat course so I’ll give it everything I’ve got to try and get a PB. Glad you like the site and thanks again for the link and your support.

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70 Trevor Light September 5, 2011 at 9:48 PM

I am sat on my couch watching TV, that’s about as much exercise I can take for today ; ) Seriously though, challenges don’t come much bigger then running 60 marathons in 60 days at the grand old age of 60. Wish you all the best and we will be sponsoring like we have never sponsored before.

Message from Thomas:

“goo goo ga ga, goo goo goo ga ga ga ga”

Which roughly translates as go for it Gramps!

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71 Barry Light September 6, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Cheers Trevor – your donations will be very much appreciated, I’m aiming for £1k per marathon so spread the word to all your rich friends and work-mates, I’ll let you know when my Virgin Money Giving web-site goes live. If you want to get off the couch I can lend you a pair of running shoes – gale-force winds, torrential rain = a great day for running along the prom (no holidaymakers).

PS – Thanks Tom – “ga ga goo goo ga ga ga ga goo goo ga ga” which translates to forget about becoming a footballer with all the money, fast cars and even faster women and become a poor marathon runner like Gramps!

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72 LJ September 5, 2011 at 4:50 AM

Hi Barry, what an amazing challenge!!!!!!! I have had a good look around your website and have found it informative and very interesting to read all about you and what you are planning. I look forward to reading your blogs and keeping up to date with how you will be doing. The very best of luck to you – 60 in 60 at 60 – wow!!!!!

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73 Barry Light September 5, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Thanks LJ – glad you find my web-site interesting and great to have your support.

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74 Chairman Rog August 31, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Hi Barry – That’s some challenge you’ve set yourself. I reckon you’ll be sick to death of the sight of pasta by the end of that lot! The very best of British – see you at the DD in 2013!

Chairman Rog
Teignbridge Trotters
PS stick me down for £20

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75 Barry Light August 31, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Cheers Rog – that’s really good of you – I’ll let you know when my Virgin Money Giving web-site goes live, so you can pop the 20 in, if you can spread the word for me down in the West Country that will be great.

Best wishes

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76 KT August 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Wow wee – good luck! That’s quite a big challenge. You must love running. How can I donate to your charities? I will keep a close eye on your progress. Good Luck

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77 Barry Light August 26, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Hi KT – thanks for that and your donation will be very much appreciated. As you will see from my charity page I’m going to be using the Virgin Money Giving web-site to collect all donations. This will be going live soon so keep popping back for more details.

Best wishes

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